East River (New York)

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East River
Waterways in New York City.  1: Hudson River, 2: East River, 3: Long Island Sound, 4: Newark Bay, 5: Upper New York Bay, 6: Lower New York Bay, 7: Jamaica Bay, 8: Atlantic
Waterways in New York City. 1: Hudson River , 2: East River, 3: Long Island Sound , 4: Newark Bay, 5: Upper New York Bay , 6: Lower New York Bay , 7: Jamaica Bay , 8: Atlantic
Connects waters Upper New York Bay ( where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic )
with water Long Island Sound
Separates land mass long Island
of land mass Manhattan Island , Bronx ( Americas )
Geographical location 40 ° 47 '48 "  N , 73 ° 52' 2"  W Coordinates: 40 ° 47 '48 "  N , 73 ° 52' 2"  W.
East River (New York City)
East River
Coastal towns New York City
Islands Rikers Island , Roosevelt Island , Mill Rock, South and North Brother Island
bridges Brooklyn Bridge , Manhattan Bridge , Hell Gate Bridge
View of the East River with Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge
View of the East River with Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge

The East River ( English for East River ) in New York City is an elongated strait that connects the Long Island Sound with the mouth of the Hudson River . Despite the name, the East River is not a river; as an estuary with a connection to the Atlantic, it also has considerable salinity .

The East River as a waterway in New York City

The East River runs northeast to south between Throgs Neck in the Bronx and the southern tip of Manhattan , separating New York's Bronx and Manhattan in the west from Queens and Brooklyn on Long Island in the east. Between the Hudson and the East River there is also a connection above the confluence, the Harlem River .

The following islands are part of the New York City area in the East River:

East River Crossings

The East River is crossed by ten bridges, thirteen tunnels, a cable car , the Roosevelt Island Tramway (only between Manhattan and Roosevelt Island ) and a ferry line.

The bridges are, from north to south:

The tunnels are, from north to south:

Since June 2011, the East River has been served by the East River Ferry between Wall Street in the south and 34th Street in the north , which serves seven jetties in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens as well as Governors Island at the weekend . In addition, the New York Water Taxi has connections to sporting events.

Currents in the East River

The narrowness of the watercourse, the current of the Hudson and especially the tides create currents of five knots and more in the East River . Numerous ships fell victim to these current conditions and underwater rocks, which have only recently been precisely mapped or removed, in the age of sailing . The most dangerous point of the East River at the mouth of the Harlem River owes the name Hell Gate to this fact .

The biggest shipping disaster in the port of New York on the East River was the fire and sinking of General Slocum . To what extent the special conditions in the East River contributed to this disaster, however, is controversial.

Recently attempts have been made to use the current in the East River to generate energy. As part of the RITE project, 30 five-meter-high turbines with a total output of 1 megawatt are to be anchored on the bottom of the East River between Roosevelt Island and Queens by 2012, which will use the tidal currents. Turbine prototypes have already been successfully tested on site.

The East River then and now

On both the west bank (Manhattan and Bronx) and the east bank (Brooklyn and Queens) of the East River pier after pier lined up as the city grew. As a result of the structural change after the Second World War , some of these piers fell into disrepair and are now used for other functions.

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ The RITE Project East River - New York, NY. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on October 10, 2014 ; accessed on August 23, 2014 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / verdantpower.com